The Cat and the Canary

Overview

The classic "old dark house" motif is given sterling treatment in this second filmed version of the hit play. Bob Hope's status as a star was assured with his role as Wallie Campbell, the cowardly protector of Joyce Norman Paulette Goddard, who must spend one night in the eerie mansion of her late, eccentric, millionaire uncle. If she can make it through the night without losing her mind, Joyce stands to inherit her uncle's entire fortune. Of course, all the other potential heirs now have a motive to drive her ...
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Overview

The classic "old dark house" motif is given sterling treatment in this second filmed version of the hit play. Bob Hope's status as a star was assured with his role as Wallie Campbell, the cowardly protector of Joyce Norman Paulette Goddard, who must spend one night in the eerie mansion of her late, eccentric, millionaire uncle. If she can make it through the night without losing her mind, Joyce stands to inherit her uncle's entire fortune. Of course, all the other potential heirs now have a motive to drive her insane. The frights are nonstop as hands reach out from nowhere, people disappear between trap doors, the halls echo with terrifying sounds, and secret doorways lead to hidden passageways. Three people are murdered before Wallie solves the mystery and sees Goddard through the night. Hope integrates his wiseacre comedic style into a essentially straight role, with the humor well-placed in the otherwise moody material. Creepy lighting and music also aid director Elliott Nugent in crafting an effective and fun version of one the genre's archetypal stories.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/27/2013
  • UPC: 025192096846
  • Original Release: 1939
  • Source: Universal Mod
  • Presentation: B&W
  • Time: 1:12:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 25,058

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bob Hope Wallie Campbell
Paulette Goddard Joyce Norman
John Beal Fred Blythe
Douglass Montgomery Charlie Wilder
Gale Sondergaard Miss Lu
Elizabeth Patterson Aunt Susan
Nydia Westman Cicily
George Zucco Lawyer Crosby
John Wray Hendricks
George Regas Indian Guide
Chief Thundercloud Indian Guide
Milt Kibbee Photographer
Charles Lane Reporter
Frank Melton Reporter
Technical Credits
Elliott Nugent Director
Walter de Leon Screenwriter
Hans Dreier Art Director
Arthur Hornblow Jr. Producer
Charles B. Lang Cinematographer
Archie Marshek Editor
Lynn Starling Screenwriter
Ernst Toch Score Composer
Robert Usher Art Director
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